Scientists do not understand everything about why sleep is good for us. There is overwhelming data on why not getting enough sleep can kill you. Driving without enough sleep, increases your chances of getting into a car crash. In 2015 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that drowsy driving was responsible for 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths in 2013. These numbers are underestimated and up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by drowsy drivers. The CDC reported, an estimated 1 in 25 adult drivers (aged 18 years or older) reported having fallen asleep while driving in the previous 30 days. That’s a lot of people who are asleep at the wheel. An obvious question is, why don’t we just stay awake until we get home?
Without food, water, and proper shelter you can die. Sleep is more precious than any of these. No matter how hard you try to keep burning that candle at both ends, your body will fall asleep. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you are doing. If your body is sleep deprived while you’re in the biggest job interview of you life – you will fall asleep. Nothing you can do about it. That’s how much more important sleep is to your health and well being.
Causing car wrecks due to drowsy driving is an obvious result of being sleep deprived, but what about other health factors that don’t involve your face smashing, at 70 miles per hour, into a windshield? To start, sleep deprivation is a serious factor when it comes to high blood pressure, depression obesity, and inflammation. In short, the longer that you are awake, the more you need sleep.
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